Best of

the Twin Cities

Wow, what a year.

(...Is it only July?)

In March, we stopped leaving home almost entirely as the state went on COVID-19 lockdown. In May, we exploded from our shelters, taking to the streets to protest the murder of George Floyd and igniting a global reckoning with systemic racism. Our daily reality now would have been unrecognizable six months ago.

All of which is to say: Not all categories in this year’s Best of the Twin Cities issue are exactly relevant. Some of them might never be again! How do we approach “Best Service” when for many, eating inside a restaurant is a source of anxiety and conflict? Both our divey “Best New Bar” and classy “Best Fine Dining” winners pivoted to hot dogs over the past few months... why differentiate between the two?

Well, because all of this year’s winners achieved a lot as they were. That shouldn’t—and didn’t—go unacknowledged.

Due to COVID-19, the uprising, or the uncertainty in the aftermath of both, we’ve lost plenty of beloved businesses—for now or forever—that might otherwise be here today. Many are receiving posthumous awards, and in cases where we know they’s gone for good, we’ve noted as much. (But please, call or go online for the most up-to-date information. Not being able to go inside means we haven’t fact-checked some of this since March, and a lot has changed since then.)

These are strange and challenging times. But we still have plenty to celebrate. Let’s do so as we work to build a better and more just future together.

Best Place to Buy Art Supplies Ax-Man Surplus

Best Movie Theater The Heights Theater

Best Pro Wrestler Devon Monroe

Best Fashion Designer Ramadhan Mohamed

Best Fashion Event A Conspiracy of Strange Girls

Best Museum Minneapolis Institute of Art

Best Museum Exhibition Hearts of Our People: Native Women Artists

Best Art Gallery Law Warschaw Gallery

Best Gallery Exhibition Sanlé Sory: Volta Photo

Best Public Art Zaníyan Yuthókca: Brave Change

Best Casino Treasure Island

Best Boutique Parc

Best Place to Take Your Most Boring Friend Hunt & Gather

Best Place to Take Out-of-Town Guests Any bike path in town

Best Place to Take a Tinder Date Science Museum of Minnesota

Best Place to Show Up Stoned A bad movie at Lagoon

Best Way to Score a Date Speed dating/singles’ meetups at any Con

Best Place to Buy a Gift Victory Vintage

Best Place to See and Be Seen In line for takeout

Best Place to Walk at Night Cub Foods

Best New Restaurant Demi

Best Restaurant in Minneapolis Grand Cafe (yes, again)

Best Chef Yia Vang

Best Restaurant in St. Paul Magic Noodle

Best Restaurant in the ’Burbs Vann

Best Restaurant Worth the Drive Lakeview Drive Inn

Best Fine Dining Bardo

Best Splurge Shellfish Tower at 4 Bells

Best Italian Restaurant Giulia

Best Latin American Restaurant Mañana Restaurant y Pupuseria

Best Vocalist Channy Leaneagh

Best Songwriter Mary Bue

Best Live Artist The Bad Man

Best Album Lady Midnight, 'Death Before Mourning'

Best Single Lunch Duchess, 'Cry Pt. II'

Best EP niiice, 'Never Better'

Best Compilation 'Ear Coffee Charity Comp 2020'

Best Album Cover Partition, 'Prodigal Gun'

Best Record Label Shifting Paradigm

Best Song to Have Sex to booboo, 'Mango'

Best Way to Get Flipped the Bird Legally changing lanes

Best Local Person Made Good Chloe Radcliffe

Best Sports Talk Radio Host Paul 'Meatsauce' Lambert

Best Place to People-Watch Route 18 Metro Transit bus

Best TV Newsperson Ian Leonard

Best Construction Project Dayton's

Best Sign of Spring Way too many people on the basketball court

Best Parking Lot Sauna Village

Best Radio Station KFAI

Best Lynx Player Napheesa Collier